For previous lectures click here to take you to our Youtube files.

Once at the youtube site type in the lecturer’s name or the title of the lecture.


This Year’s Meetings 2022 Zoom Lectures, at present 7:30 PM Every fourth Thursday Sep. to Nov., Jan. to June,

September 22 7:30 PM “The Pun is Mightier than the Sword” The Art of Editorial Cartooning at the Standard 1936 to 1961. By Arden Phair, local historian, and former curator of the St. Catharines Museum.


October 27 7:30 PM. “Covered Histories”. Victoria Lawn Underground Railroad Gravestones. Rochelle Bush and Dr. Adam Montgomery will present their work on locating graves of freedom seekers, members of the Fugitive Aid Society and others in Victoria Lawn cemetery. Rochelle Bush is a descendant of African American freedom seekers, owner of Tubman Tours Canada. She is resident historian of the Salem Chapel BME Church, and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHS.

NOVEMBER 24, 2022 7:30pm “The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness
Legend”, presented by Adam Shoalts, professional explorer and #1 national best-selling author.

DECEMBER….No lecture

JANUARY 26, 2023 7:30pm “The Last Trolley Stop of the NS&T”, presented by Hank Beekhuis,

FEBRUARY 23, 2023 7:30pm “A Community at War – the Military Service of Black Canadians of the Niagara Region”, presented by Jim Doherty, president of the Niagara Falls Military Museum

MARCH 23, 2023 7:30pm Early Schools, Children’s Books and Literature”, presented by Brian Narhi, local historian and Vice-President of the Historical Society of St. Catharines 
APRIL 27, 2023 7:30pm Local Sport History”, presented by Liz Vlossak, Brock University history professor with an interest in local sport and co-director of the Sport Oral History Archive. 

May 25 2023 TBA

June 22 2023 TBA



Upcoming HSSC lectures are delivered online using our Zoom virtual meeting room.

From the comfort of your living room or wherever you are in the world, join us at 7:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month from January to June and September to November. 

We have an outstanding lineup of presentations of local historical interest. To enter these meetings click the corresponding link or scan the QR code on your smartphone or device. 

SEPTEMBER 23 “Journey through Niagara: the early years”, a pictorial journey through the Niagara Peninsula in the early years. Presented by HSSC board member, Roger Bradshaw, based on the book co-authored with John Burtniak. The majority of pictures are from Society member John Burtniak’s extensive post card collection, supplemented by photos from the Kings Highway web site and others. The journey starts on Highway No. 8, travelling from Stoney Creek and ending at Niagara Falls. This route was lined with cabins, cottages, inns, autotels, auto parks, tourist camps and restaurants. 

OCTOBER 28 “Over 50 Years of Artist-Run Culture in Niagara”, presented by Stephen Remus, Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources at the Niagara Artists Centre. Stephen has been volunteering at NAC for over twenty years and has guided the organization through a period of significant growth including ownership of the organization’s facilities on St. Paul Street and the establishment of 14 work and studio spaces for artists. 

NOVEMBER 25 “Off to Paradise Grove: a Railway History of Niagara-on-the-Lake 1854- 1959”, presented by author Peter Mulcaster of Niagara-on-the-Lake, based on his book. The third steam railway to be built in Ontario, then known as Upper Canada, came to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1854. As with many railways of that era, it went through a period of various owners and financial instability. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the steam railway, then run by the Canada Southern Railway and subsequently by the Michigan Central Railroad, became established on a firmer footing and some economic development ensued. 

December Break….no lecture

January, 27, 2022:   “Mill Races in St. Catharines”

Brian Narhi, whose presentation will concern his research into the Mill Races in St. Catharines.


February. 24, 2022: “An Economist Looks at Heritage”

Dr. Ian Ellingham, local architect, Chair of the Niagara Society of Architects.


 March  24, 2022: “Was your Grandmother a British Home Child?”

David Hemmings, who has documented the lives of 1200 British Home Children in Niagara.



April 28, 2022, “Peeling back 13,000 years of Indigenous existence in Niagara”, by Michele-Elise Burnett.


May 26, 2022 (which is also our AGM). “A re-imagined history of Port Dalhousie” by David Serafino


June 23, 2022 presenter: Hidden in plain sight: Niagara’s 1800’s Swing Beam Barns tell surprising stories.” by Hugh Fraser.

Video Recording of Previous Lectures

 “‘Mills Should Be Built Thereon’: The Hydraulic Raceways and St. Catharines Economy in mid-19th Century”.        By Brian Narhi


Here is the most recent lecture. Peter Mulcaster’s. “Off to Paradise Grove: a Railway History of Niagara-on-the-Lake 1854- 1959”

For previous lectures click here to take you to our Youtube files.

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